Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia inside of Barry’s Boxing in July of 2014 (Photo: Hustle Boss)
By Chris Robinson
When I started up my new series Lost Files, I knew I would be digging through some throwback photos and going down memory lane a bit.
Photos have a way of bringing back memories in an instant, and such is the case when I look at pictures I shot of Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia inside of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas in July of 2014. Garcia was preparing for a fight with hard-punching Colombian Breidis Prescott, a bout that he ended up winning by way of unanimous decision.
What I remember most about Garcia was just how physically strong he was, as well as how much of a punch he packs. His training sessions were always intense, and I remember several of his sparring sessions in Las Vegas with a pre-champion Shawn Porter, as the two tested each other often.
Looking back at Garcia’s record (42-4, 25 KO’s), he’s done a lot in his eighteen-year career. One of the most notable names on Garcia’s ledger is former champion Antonio Margarito, who he lost to via decision back in May of 2010. After that bout, Garcia went unbeaten for the next eight years and thirteen fights, including victories over Norberto Gonzalez, Victor Cayo, Antwone Smith, and most recently, Omar Chavez.
With the Chavez win, Garcia picked up the WBC Silver Middleweight title and in his next fight he would travel to defend his belt against former title challenger Martin Murray, who he lost a decision to inside of the O2 Arena in England. That was June of last year, and I noticed that Garcia picked up a victory last month over Juan Jose Francisco Marquez Solano in Mexico to get back on track, so he’s still in the game.
What does the future hold for Garcia and will he fight again? I would very much like to catch up to “La Amenaza” to find out the answer to that question, as well as to what else he has been up to.